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Theatre and Performing Arts — Auditions

NEW! Northbrook Theatre’s Community Musical

Oliver!

Audition Dates
April 13                 6-9pm
April 14                 6-9pm
April 15                 Callbacks 6-9pm

Description:
Adults and children who like to sing and dance have the chance to perform in the Northbrook Theatre’s production of Oliver! Auditions for the large-scale community musical are on April 13 and 14 from
6-9pm at the Northbrook Theatre, inside the Leisure Center at 3323 Walters Avenue, Northbrook.

Roles are available for ages 12 and older, and appointments are not needed for the auditions. Performers will be seen in groups in the order in which they arrive.

Oliver! is a Tony Award-winning musical, based on the Charles Dickens novel, Oliver Twist. The story follows the adventures of a young boy who runs away from an orphanage and falls in with a gang of pickpockets in his search for family. The musical engages audiences with drama, humor, moments that touch the heart, and outstanding songs, including “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious Food,” “As Long as He Needs Me,” “I’d Do Anything,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” and “Oom-Pah-Pah.”

Cast of Characters:

  1. Oliver Twist…………………………………………………………….A workhouse boy, about 13 years old
  2. Mr. Bumble-The Beadle………………………………………….A large, pompous man of 55
  3. Widow Corney………………A sharp-tongued, domineering widow of 50 – the workhouse mistress
  4. Noah Claypole…………………………………………………………The undertaker’s pimply apprentice
  5. Mr. Sowerberry……………………………………………………….The undertaker
  6. Mrs. Sowerberry……………………………………………………..His overseer
  7. Charlotte Sowerberry………………………………………………Their free-spirited young daughter
  8. The Artful Dodger…………………………………………………… Fagin’s brightest pupil – an undersized 18
  9. Fagin……………………………………An elderly receiver – runs training academy for young pickpockets
  10. Nancy…………………………………………….23-year-old graduate of Fagin’s academy
  11. Charles Bates (and other boys in Fagin’s establishment)
  12. Bet……………………………………………….A 13-year old lass in Fagin’s establishment – idolizes Nancy
  13. Old Sally………………………………………………………………….A pauper
  14. Old Lady
  15. Bill Sykes………………………………………………………………….A villain in his prime
  16. Mrs. Bedwin…………………………………………………………….The Brownlows’ housekeeper
  17. Mr. Brownlow………………………………………………………….An old gentleman of wealth and breeding
  18. Dr. Grimwig……………………………………………………………..A doctor

Chorus: workhouse boys, workhouse assistants, bow street runners, street vendors, criers and crowds

Time Commitment
Rehearsals begin on April 22. They are on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm and Sundays from 2-5pm. There is no rehearsal on May 24, and some rehearsals do not require attendance by the entire cast. Performances are at the Northbrook Theatre on June 12 and 13 at 7pm and June 14 at 2pm.

Material to Prepare
Actors should prepare 16 bars of a song to sing, bring sheet music in the proper key (hole-punched and in a binder), and be prepared to dance and read from the script.

Contact Info:
For more information, contact Erin Sweet at 847·897·6157 or esweet@nbparks.org.

 


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